#AskCoachCourtney: When should I buy a new pair of running shoes, and how do I know when they’re broken in enough to race?

#AskCoachCourtney: When should I buy a new pair of running shoes, and how do I know when they’re broken in enough to race?

Welcome to this edition of #askcoachcourtney: Your running questions answered by an RRCA certified coach and other experts/research! Ah, the mystery of running shoes: When should you buy a new pair? How do you know which ones to buy? How can you tell if they're broken in enough? How can you tell if they're broken [...]

#AskCoachCourtney: Do I have to run a 20 miler when I train for a marathon?

Welcome to #AskCoachCourtney! Each week or two, I take questions from my loyal readers and followers. I had a few submissions this week, and this one stood out to me because it's often debated: Is a 20 mile run a standard necessity during marathon training? The short answer: No. There are a lot of coaches [...]

5 questions all marathoners-in-training don’t want to answer

Ahhh the quintessential training questions. Marathoners love to talk about their training, but there are a few questions we prefer you don't ask. While we realize that many non-runners mean well, some questions should just be off-limits. "My cousin couldn't walk for days after she finished her marathon -- you sure you want to deal [...]

#AskCoachCourtney: Why is my heart rate so high during easy runs?

#AskCoachCourtney: Why is my heart rate so high during easy runs?

I love this question, and it's a common one: Why is my heart rate (HR) so high during easy runs? In this edition of #askcoachcourtney, I'll explains the ins-and-outs of heart rate zones, why they matter, and steps you can take to better control and maintain a suitable heart rate for long-distance run training. Why [...]

Recipe: Healthy(ish) Baked Macaroni & Cheese with Cauliflower

Recipe: Healthy(ish) Baked Macaroni & Cheese with Cauliflower

First, make no mistake that there is real pasta in this recipe. Anyone who knows me knows that I don’t go for pasta “substitutions” such as cauliflower. Pasta is pasta. Cauliflower is cauliflower. Let that be known. With that said, that doesn’t mean that the two can't. Cauliflower AND pasta? Now that I can get [...]